'Departed' rises to top of DVD sales chart

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Fresh off its big Oscar wins, Warner Home Video's "The Departed" returned to the top spot on the national DVD sales chart the week ending March 4, bumping Paramount/DreamWorks' "Flushed Away," the previous week's top seller, to No. 2.

Sony Pictures' "Stranger Than Fiction," the latest Will Ferrell comedy, could only muster a third-place debut on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert chart, even though with a $40.4 million boxoffice gross it was the biggest new theatrical feature to come out on DVD.

"Stranger Than Fiction" did snag a first-place bow on Home Media Magazine's video rental chart for the week, generating an estimated $6.8 million in revenue. "The Departed" held fast at No. 2, earning an additional $6.6 million to bring its total rental earnings, after three weeks, to $25 million, or nearly 20% of its $129.4 theatrical take.

New Line's "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny" bowed at No. 6 on First Alert and No. 10 on the rental chart, while 20th Century Fox's "A Good Year," the notorious box office bust from director Ridley Scott, debuted at No. 8 on both the DVD sales and rental charts. In rental stores, "Tenacious D" generated $2.7 million while "A Good Year" earned $2.9 million, or 38% of its meager $7.5 million box office haul.

Two direct-to-video releases also made it into First Alert their first week in stores: Universal's "Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers" (No. 14) and Lionsgate's "Bratz Fashion Pixiez" (No. 16).
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